Jury selection for the murder trial of Benjamin Peirce will begin on Jan. 14, according the Middlesex County District Attorney's Office.
Also, a Middlesex Superior Court Judge, during an Oct. 26 hearing, said she would take Peirce's previous motion under advisement. The motion is intended to avoid an automatic sentence of life in jail without the possibility of parole. The motion could eventually go to a state appeals court or the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.
Peirce, a Newton resident, is facing murder charges for allegedly helping to kill Adam Coveney, of Waltham, during a 2010 encounter in Waltham. Shaquan Jacobs and Daniel Louis have already been sentenced in the case.